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    June 15, 2012

    Six Practices to Incorporate Into Your Management Routine

    How do you build a strong team?

    As a Manager, you are only as good as those you manage.  So what if the people you manage don’t feel respected or included in your team?  By taking the time to know your employees, listen to them and help them to feel included, you will not only build a stronger team, but you will drive better results.  It all sounds logical, but how do you do this?  Try to incorporate these practices into your management routine:   1) When you get into the office each day, go around and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 15, 2012

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    June 13, 2012

    14 Steps to Using Surveys As Powerful Communication Tools

    Are you asking the right questions before making decisions?

    There are several great online survey templates you can use for standard measurements such as employee reviews, customer satisfaction surveys, product ratings and many others.  My message to you, however, is to go outside of those templates and understand that a survey, in its simplest form, is a communication tool that serves three important purposes: It allows you to ask consistent questions in order to see a trend of answers. It provides data points you can use to make informed decisions. It...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on June 13, 2012

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    June 11, 2012

    Six Steps to Finding Your New Job

    Is it time to reinvent your career?

    Starting your job search can be overwhelming whether you are looking for new opportunities, making a career change or seeking a promotion.  There are lots of resume tips, interview recommendations and other resources out there, but how do you know what type of job you should be looking for?  If you begin your job search with the mindset to first reinvent yourself, you may find your options for employment evolve into opportunities you would not have previously considered.  Here are Six Steps...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on June 11, 2012

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    June 8, 2012

    Top 10 Mistakes Transitioned Military Officers Make in Their New Private Careers

    Learn from those who transitioned before you!

    1.   I know it all - You have been taught to maintain a “command presence” and be in charge at all times which includes showing zero hesitation or doubt in leadership decisions even if all the details are not clear to you.  In the world you come from this embodies leadership and confidence to accomplish the mission.  However, in the private sector, this comes across as a “know it all”.  You must be willing to embrace that you are in a new world and be open...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Military Officer Transition on June 8, 2012

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    June 4, 2012

    Two Ways to Address “Perfect Employee Syndrome”

    What should do if your employee thinks they are perfect, but you don’t?

    You are a decent manager, your team shows good results…but there is that one employee that tries to take all the credit.  They seem to lack humility, rate themselves with perfect scores on their performance reviews and want to spend more of their time focused on doing things for the next job before they really do a great job in this one.  So what can you do about “Perfect Employee Syndrome”?  Let’s review two ways you can address the problem while achieving a...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 4, 2012

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    May 30, 2012

    Five Benefits of Professional Development

    What are you doing to develop your skills?

    We are all busy with work, family and our social activities; as a result, professional development is often neglected due to time constraints.  If you are interested in developing your skills, but unsure of where to start, we recommend that first, you understand the benefits of professional development, then let those benefits guide you to the training that suites your needs.  Here are Five Benefits of Professional Development to consider:   1)   You can keep up with changing...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 30, 2012

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    May 29, 2012

    Two Ways of Ensuring Top Quality High Potential Employees

    How do you develop a High Potential employee?

    High Potential employees are typically groomed for promotions.  Their direct boss, the head of human resources, as well as executive leadership, follows their performance.   Most progressive companies spend time and resources developing processes to review the pool of high potential candidates in an effort to ensure qualified promotions from within the company.  These processes are a good step and may include customized management seminars, as well as yearly profile reviews, but does...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 29, 2012

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    May 28, 2012

    A Memorial Day Message to Employers

    It is our duty as employers to understand the value of our Veterans and the career challenges they face.

    This Memorial Day, as we take a solemn moment to reflect on those who have served us and the price they have paid, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind employers of the tremendous skills and qualities our veterans bring to our businesses once they leave the military; specifically Junior Military Officers.   A Junior Military Officer (JMO) is typically someone who has spent 3-6 years in active duty as a commissioned officer in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.  These...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 28, 2012

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    May 24, 2012

    Five Steps Great Managers Take Before Letting Someone Go

    Can you fix a broken employee?

    OK…you have a great organization, but there is that one employee that just can’t seem to fit in with the team, they are always bucking the system, resisting your leadership, going rogue, missing deadlines, causing you more work.  The list of reasons to get rid of them goes on and on, so you ask yourself, at what point do I have enough to let them go?  But should you really be asking yourself, at what point have I done enough to help this person succeed?  Great Managers see...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 24, 2012

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    May 22, 2012

    Eight Actions Anyone Can Take to Influence a Team’s Success

    Are your team meetings a waste of everyone’s time? Do your employees think they are?

    We've all had the unfortunate experience of spending our day tied up in unproductive meetings.  So what are you doing to ensure you don’t waste your time or the time of others?  It does not matter whether you are a VP, Team Leader, have an MBA, or none of the above, because the power of influence transcends titles and educational backgrounds.  It is a reflection of ones ability to communicate, be understood and inspire actions in others.  So let’s focus on improving your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 22, 2012

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